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Claude Fred Tears vs Gerhard Flum
"Tears for Fears" (game of the day Sep-02-2004)
olm5 fin B5 corr6568 (1965) (correspondence), ICCF
Spanish Game: Closed. Averbakh Variation (C87)  ·  0-1



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Sep-02-04  jesterco12: 23...Rd2 That's a really great move. There's no way I would have seen that over the board (or even in front of the computer just now).
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Good Heavens, someone has got to stop Chessgames from using these puns! At least he didn't add, "...and Glum for Flum."
Sep-02-04  ccolby4: White lost his queen for a rook and a bishop back on move 24. I don't see what's suddenly so dreadful that he has to abandon the struggle. 35. Ke1 prevents Qd1#. OK, Black will eventually pick off all white's pawns and push his own, but wasn't that in clear view back at move 24?
Sep-02-04  Seraphina: ccolby4...It's not the pawn picking... it's 35... Qd3 that's threatened
Sep-02-04  tweetypie: So I presume then white can't defend against mate on e2 and mate on d1, after 35...Qd3
Sep-02-04  DanielBryant: I always thought parting with the light-squared bishop so early in the Spanish was positionally suspect.
Sep-02-04  OktHorse: They blew the pun today. It should be, "Fears for Tears."
Sep-02-04  PawnBlock: Bd5 covers the Qd1 and Qd3 threats. But after Qxh2 Ke1 Qg1+ Kd2 B should be able to queen the h-pawn.

Note that the B Q can swing over to e2 to prevent the e-pawn from promoting, hence ensuring that B promotes decisively.

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  kevin86: "Tears for Fears" is a rock group of the eighties.Black definitely had control over the white squares--leading directly to a checkmate.
Sep-02-04  doreshk: <PawnBlock> on Bd4 - ... Qa3 will follow. with 36. ... Qc1(Qb2)
Sep-02-04  urtley: White must give up the queen on move 24 becasue if 24 QxR BxP+ 25 Kg1 Qg5+ followed by Qg2++. Notice 24 Qf1 still fails to the same line for black.
Sep-09-04  PawnBlock: <doreshk>: I did mean Bd4, of course, sorry for noting that wrong.

The Q-side penetration via Qa3 is not to be thrown out of consideration for sure. However, given that W has chances to Q the e-pawn I felt it was stronger for B to have the option of sacing his Q for the e-pawn and directly after promoting his own h-pawn- whereupon he can go about gobbling W's Q-side pawns. Or in other scenerios, he would have 2 Q's closely attacking the W K, perhaps enough to overcome even W's promotion.

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